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RAPID TESTERS: PureVita Labs LLC co-founders, from left foreground, Dr. Jonathan Martin, Dr. Jason Ianuccilli and Stuart Procter, meet with Chief Operating Officer Andrew Austin, background, at the West Warwick marijuana testing facility. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

PureVita aiming to become New England’s premier marijuana testing lab

Typically, in states where the green, leafy substance has been legalized, the testing of retail and medical marijuana by government-certified labs is conducted by...
RETURN TO ROOTS: Katherine Fotiades and Mark Phillips own and operate Skydog Farm, a farm store and hydroponic nursery in Scituate that grows herbs and leafy greens. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Connecting to the land, reducing food waste and building a community

Katherine Fotiades believes education and community engagement are the keys to running a successful agricultural operation. Fotiades and partner Mark Phillips in September 2020 opened...
PAYING ATTENTION: Zahan Akbar, owner of Atwood Pharmacy Inc. in Johnston, says he will compete with corporate retail pharmacies by offering personalized service. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Pharmacy offers customers personalized service, free same-day delivery

Zahan Akbar opened a full-service pharmacy this year, Atwood Pharmacy Inc., knowing that personalized service for people taking medication would set him apart from...
PASSIONATE PURSUIT: Jamie Chatel launched Arrow Tarot LLC, a new, home-based tarot reading, intuitive coaching and events business in Warwick, in February.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Helping people find clarity and purpose through tarot readings, coaching

For Jamie Chatel, tarot is more than a fun party game. It’s a way to tap into one’s own intuition, to make decisions with “the...
MUSCLE REPAIR: Rupert Whiteley, managing partner with Joro Protein LLC in Warren, holds a bag of the plant-based protein he created. / COURTESY JORO PROTEIN LLC

Plant-based protein for active lifestyles

Rupert Whiteley was not feeling well one day after taking the whey-based protein powder supplements he had been consuming. Whiteley, a workout enthusiast, needs protein...
A NICE PAIRING: The Diamond Bar LLC, a custom design and retail jewelry store that sells engagement diamonds and has an in-store bar, is owned and run by Steve and Zhabrina Maniscalco. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Maniscalcos shine with new jewelry store

Buying a diamond doesn’t have to be an overwhelming experience. The Diamond Bar LLC, a newly opened retail jeweler in Providence, is adding cheer...
HOMEMADE TOUCH: Husband and wife Mahran Izoli, right, and Nur Shahida Roslan are the owners of Feed the Cheeks, a specialty cookie shop, which started as a home business then moved to a Providence storefront during the pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Making cookies full time

Like any card-carrying millennial, Nur Shahida Roslan created an Instagram account to document her food and travel adventures. She named the personal page “Feed the...
AFFORDABLE ADVICE: Shaun Jones intends to cater personally to clients without expensive or hidden fees with his new venture Jones Fiduciary Wealth Management. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Jones launches financial advisory firm with single-fee business model

Shaun Jones learned the value of money and how best to acquire it when his parents cut him off at the age of 13....
CUSTOM CURTAINS: Gloria Ayotte, owner of custom sewing business Interiors by Glo in Woonsocket, works on curtains for confessionals at Our Savior’s Parish. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Unexpected layoff leads Ayotte to pursue her passion for sewing, home...

Gloria Ayotte had an unexpected layoff last year from her job at a regional bank, one that forced her to think of what she...
ATTENTION TO DETAIL: Mike Galoob, owner of Mythic Bike Works LLC in South Kingstown, repairs a bike in his shop. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Longtime cyclist peddles bicycles, parts, repairs

If location is everything, then Mike Galoob already has it all. His bicycle sale, service and repair shop, Mythic Bike Works LLC, sits feet away...

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